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Car Wrap Advertising

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How the scam works:

United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain - this scam occurs now all over the world. It became the most notorious scam this fall.

Imagine this: Looking for ways to make extra money, you receive an email from a company offering the opportunity to make $300 a week if you have your car wrapped in a well-known brand's logo. "Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, iPhone 6, XS Energy, Johnny Walker, and Budweiser will generously pay prospective clients like you", the message says.

The scammers who send this message also post the same offer on sites like Craigslist, Oodle, or Gumtree, create well-designed advertisments, and even contact people who submit their resumes online hunting for jobs.

The offer sounds good, especially since you have the option of removing the wrapped sticker after the number of months you select. If you accept the offer, the scammers will then send a check for a large amount of money, according to the length of time you want to be the mobile advertiser.

The instructions for cashing the check indicate that a certain portion of the money is to be kept as your payment and the rest is to be sent via wire transfer to the company who will supposedly wrap your vehicle. After wiring the money, you'll find out that the original check was a fake and the transaction bounced. Now your bank is after you for thousands of dollars.

How to avoid:

No major brand would hire just anybody to wrap their cars with advertising. Corporations are very careful about their image and typically have huge marketing departments within. Be very careful when you receive this email, as the message might be presented in a very professional manner. The scammers steal images from websites belonging to reputable companies that do professional car wrapping and make you believe it's their business. Delete the email, not every online job opportunity that comes your way is real.

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  • On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, KB wrote:

    Just received this from Frank Heckard Definitely a scam

    On Sep 17, 2014, at 1:19 PM, "Frank Heckard" wrote:

    Thanks for contacting us...

    How it works Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: Tropicana Mango Juice seeks people -- regular citizens, not professional drivers -- to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a sticker advert for "Tropicana Mango Juice" plastered on any of your chosen part of your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps," that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car's exterior surface.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy, Lots of exposure and awareness? The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

    You will be compensated with a $300 (Three hundred dollars per Week), which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use the space. Tropicana shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. The payment will be sent directly to your house address from Company of $300 (Three hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your house address weekly.

    The following information below will be needed

    Full Name:
    Make of car/ year:
    Zip code:
    Phone Number(s) mobile/home:
    Email Address:

    We also have a bigger offer to house owners who is willing to allow Tropicana repent and design their houses outlet with Tropicana products. This offer will last minimum of three months and maximum of one year on first contract with payment of $1200 weekly. We accept only buildings people can see from outside on a motor-able road or street new and old houses.

    Kindly get back to us with your details; we shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information, Tropicana Mango Juice

    Looks forward to working with you.

    Frank Heckard

  • On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, John wrote:

    Well, here is the one I got from Jacobstony@comcast.net, apparently from Bud Light:

    Dear John,

    The biggest-selling most popular international premium beverage brand Bud- light Is delighted to have you on board as part of the current "Paid to Drive" marketing strategy with the concept of Vinyl decals/Auto wraps on Vehicles in to increase awareness of the Company brand,product and services all across the United states.

    Vehicle wraps have become a very Important strategy for business promotion in the 21st century and we've been quite successful reaching our target audience and now Its your opportunity to drive your car with Vinyl decals/Auto Wraps of the Brand advertised on it and get paid every week as this promo lasts for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

    Your vehicle have been registered and approved for this Promotion with experts from QDR Graphics our Strategic partners scheduled to come around to put the decals advert wrap on your vehicle as soon as you have confirmed to have received your first week payment of $300 for your services.

    However,as pointed out in previous emails to you,from the amount you will be receiving a payment which will carry an excess funds you will deduct only the sum of $300 for your first week payment for working with us carrying the advert on your car and the remaining balance will be sent out by purchasing a reload card as a form of registration to the specialist/expert from QDR Graphics coming over to handle the advert placement on your car after deducting your first week upfront payment.

    This is done in order to avoid delays or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you.You do not need to drive to Specialist/experts handling the advert placement.
    After the duration of your service and you want to discontinue,the specialist/expert will be on hand to remove the advert placement on your car with no traces of ever placing a vinyl decal on your vehicle, so there's nothing to worry about as everything will be taken care of accordingly,

    N:B Please reply to this email and reconfirm your acceptance of this job offer with your full name and Address again for verification .

    Congratulations once again please do stay in touch and we'll keep you updated all the way Thank you for your Co-operation,We look forward to working with you.

    Jacob Stony

  • On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Clement wrote:

    Now they are using the Virtua Health Inc's name to scam people. Beware!

  • On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Brad Tippett wrote:

    I received the same except it was Tropicana Mango juice car wrap. The email was in broken English and not right. I took it to the Bank and they said it was a scam. Three weeks later I received another email saying a check has been sent to e for 1950.00 dollars. The persons name sending is Frank Heckard / 2frankheckard@gmail.com for the email address. Trying to rush me into cashing the check and send all but 300.00 back to some person in Florida that's waiting to come to Michigan to put the ad on my car. I hope people read this so they don't fall the scam. The email header / subject was Compulsory Notice.

  • On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Pez wrote:

    Got another lunatic on CL. This time it is Hansens Beverage co. Car wrap scam. I went as far as getting a check on the red bull scam and verified it fake. Then I turned it in to help the cause.

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